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Delicious Ways to Enjoy Spring Produce

Spring is here—and the season is delicious! There are so many types of fresh produce in season during the spring, and tons of great recipes you can incorporate them into.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the following are fruits and vegetables that are harvested during spring:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips

Excited about trying these delicious fruits and veggies? Make one (or more!) of the recipes below:

Spring Fling Fruit Salad:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 apricot
  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 strawberries

Cut all items into ½-inch pieces, toss in a bowl, and enjoy!

Spring Mix Salad:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • ½ cup peas, cooked

Add all items into a salad bowl and toss with your favorite dressing!

Spring Veggie Sautee:

  • 1 head asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • ¼ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 head Swiss chard leaves, torn in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Lemon-pepper seasoning, to taste

Heat butter in the skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add asparagus and mushrooms and stir; let it sautee for 10-12 minutes. Then add the Swiss chard and stir until wilted. Toss with lemon-pepper seasoning. Serve and enjoy!

Springtime Delight Dessert:

  • 1 large green apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Cook apple, rhubarb, onion, apple juice, honey and ginger in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apple is tender (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Slowly stir in balsamic vinegar and remove the piece of ginger. Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature!

For Health Advocate Members

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, contact your coach for more healthy ways to enjoy seasonal spring produce!